The Chicago Blackhawks announced today that they have acquired forward Drake Caggiula (cuh-JOOL-uh) and defenseman Jason Garrison from the Edmonton Oilers in exchange for defensemen Brandon Manning and Robin Norell. Caggiula's contract has an AAV of $1,500,000 and is signed through the 2019-20 season. Garrison's contract has an AAV of $650,000 and is signed through the 2018-19 campaign.
Caggiula, 24, has recorded 11 points (7G, 4A) in 29 games with the Oilers this season. His seven goals ranked fifth among Edmonton skaters. Last season, he set career highs in points (20), goals (13) and games played (67) with the Oilers. Originally signed by Edmonton in 2016, the Whitby, Ontario native has totaled 49 points (27G, 22A) in 156 career National Hockey League games.
A four-year letterman at the University of North Dakota, Caggiula led North Dakota to the 2016 NCAA Championship and was named the Frozen Four Most Outstanding Player during his senior season. In 162 career games with the Fighting Hawks, he notched 127 points (62G, 65A).
Garrison, 34, has appeared in 17 games with Edmonton this season, tallying one goal. In his 11-year NHL career, the White Rock, British Columbia native has skated for Florida (2008-12), Vancouver (2012-14), Tampa Bay (2014-17), Vegas (2017-18) and Edmonton (2018-19) and totaled 160 points (49G, 111A) in 555 career games.
Last season, Garrison split time between Vegas and the Chicago Wolves of the American Hockey League. In eight games with the Golden Knights, he notched one assist. He totaled 28 points (8G, 20A) in 58 tilts with the Wolves. In 2011-12 with the Panthers, the defenseman set career-highs in points (33), goals (16) and assists (17). He matched his career high in points in 2013-14 with Vancouver, while also setting a new mark for assists (26) and games played (81). He again tied a career-high in assists with Tampa Bay in 2014-15.
Garrison represented his country in 2015 during the World Championship, skating in seven games and tallying four assists for Team Canada.
Originally signed by the Blackhawks in 2018, Manning has appeared in 27 games, recording one goal and two assists. In 234 career NHL games with Chicago and Philadelphia (2011-18), the defenseman has 46 points (12G, 34A). Norell was drafted by the Blackhawks in the fourth round with the 111th overall pick in the 2013 NHL Draft. He was loaned to Djurgardens IF of the Swedish Hockey League this season and has three assists in 28 games.
Media availability regarding this trade will be announced Monday morning.